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Internationals: Who is away?

A number of our players across all age groups will be representing their respective nations in friendlies and qualifying matches over the course of the international break.

Here, we bring you up to date with which players are away and which matches are taking place.

The European schedule at senior level is dominated by friendly matches, with many sides preparing for Euro 2016.

One of those team is England and Gary Cahill is in the squad for two upcoming friendlies. Roy Hodgson’s side face Germany in Berlin on Saturday before taking on the Netherlands at Wembley next Tuesday.

There is a healthy Chelsea presence in the Spain squad for their matches against Italy and Romania. The first of those takes place tomorrow (Thursday) with the second to follow on Sunday. Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro are all in the squad while manager Vicente del Bosque has said Diego Costa is being rested for fitness reasons.

Belgium were originally due to play a friendly against Portugal on home soil next Tuesday, but in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels the fixture will now take place in Portugal. Thibaut Courtois is in the squad while Eden Hazard misses out through injury. The game will be shown live on Chelsea TV.

Bosnia & Herzegovina narrowly missed out on qualification for Euro 2016 when they were beaten in the play-offs by Republic of Ireland, but they are in friendly action during the break, playing Luxembourg on Friday and Switzerland next Tuesday. Asmir Begovic has been named in the squad.

Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic, meanwhile, are in the Serbia squad for their friendly matches against Poland tonight (Wednesday) and Estonia next Tuesday.

Also in friendly action are Denmark, who play Iceland on Thursday and Scotland next Tuesday. Andreas Christensen, who is enjoying a fine campaign on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, is part of the squad for those matches.

Brazil are in World Cup qualifying action, taking on Uruguay at home on Friday before playing Paraguay away next Tuesday. Both Oscar and Willian have been named in the squad. In their most recent qualifier, back in November, Brazil beat Peru 3-0.

Colombia play Bolivia away on Thursday and Ecuador at home next Tuesday in World Cup qualifying with Juan Cuadrado, who is currently on loan at Juventus, part of their squad.

Also in World Cup qualifying, Michael Hector is part of the Jamaica squad for their two matches against Costa Rica. The first is at home on Friday with the return next Tuesday.

Bertrand Traore is part of the Burkina Faso squad as they face back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Uganda. The first takes place on Saturday with the second to follow next Tuesday. Burkina Faso are currently third in Group D, level on points with second-placed Botswana but three behind leaders Uganda.

Also in ACON qualifying, both John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses have been named in the Nigeria squad for their matches against group leaders Egypt on Friday and next Tuesday. There are currently two points separating the sides.

Ghana, who are three points clear at the top of Group H, face consecutive games against Mozambique, at home on Thursday and away on Sunday. Baba Rahman is in the squad along with Christian Atsu, who is currently on loan at Malaga.

Bekanty Victorien Angban, who is on loan at Belgian club Sint-Truidense, has been named in the Ivory Coast squad for their qualifiers against Sudan, which take place on Friday and Tuesday.

Matt Miazga, meanwhile, has been named in the USA Under-23 squad for their two matches against Colombia. Those games take place on Friday and next Tuesday.

A number of players from our Academy sides have also been called up for international duty, with England heavily represented by the Blues.

Four of our players – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker, John Swift and Dominic Solanke – have been called up by Gareth Southgate for the Under-21s’ European Championship qualifier against Switzerland which takes place on Saturday. England are currently top of their group and unbeaten in their opening four matches.

Charly Musonda, on loan at Real Betis, has been named in the Belgium Under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifiers. They play away in Moldova today and home to Montenegro next Monday.

We have three players – Ola Aina, Charlie Colkett and Kasey Palmer – in the England Under-20 squad for their friendly against Canada. That match takes place at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday.

Tammy Abraham, Jake Clarke-Salter, Izzy Brown and Issac Christie-Davies have been named in the Under-19s’ squad for their Elite Round of European Championship qualifying matches. They play Georgia tomorrow, Greece on Saturday and Spain next Tuesday.

Also in the European Under-19 Championship qualifiers, Ruben Sammut is part of the Scotland squad. They are scheduled to play Belgium away on Wednesday, Croatia at home on Friday and Bulgaria away next Monday.

Ali Suljic has been named in the Sweden squad as they face Portugal away tomorrow, Slovenia at home on Saturday and Russia away next Tuesday.

The European Under-17 Championship qualifiers are also at the Elite Round stage.

There are six Chelsea players in the England squad. Trevoh Chalobah, Mason Mount, Jamie Cumming, Dujon Sterling, Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Jared Thompson have been called up while Tariq Uwakew is on standby. They play Turkey tomorrow, Finland on Saturday and Ukraine next Tuesday.

Joseph Colley captained Sweden Under-17s in all three of their Elite Round qualifying matches as they finished second behind Portugal.

Last Wednesday they were beaten 2-0 by Portugal, but they bounced back immediately with a 2-1 win over Croatia on Friday.

Sweden completed their fixtures with a 1-0 win against Wales on Monday meaning they will take part in the Azerbaijan finals as the seven runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section also progress.

Cole Dasilva meanwhile played all three of Wales Under-17s' qualifiers.

They beat Croatia 2-0 last Wednesday before losing 1-0 to Portugal two days later. This week's defeat to Sweden means Wales are eliminated. 


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